Highworth has a strong team of individuals, each of whom bring a vast variety of knowledge and skill which forms our governing body. This team helps ensure that the school is run to the best of its abilities with the resources available.
At Highworth the staff and governors have very clear aims. Academically we try to achieve the highest possible standards by having a structured teaching programme that includes monitoring and assessment so that each child’s needs are identified and met in an appropriate way. We want our environment to be happy and secure, caring and well disciplined, stimulating and inspiring.
Below you will be able to read about the individuals that make up the team as well as gain a little insight into their backgrounds.

David Thomas


Chair of Governors
Business/Personal Interests: Parent of children attending the school

I have two sons at Highworth, who are so happy, settled and learning so much that it is a genuine pleasure to be involved in the school. I have been a Parent Governor since 2017, and held the role of Chair since 2018. I really enjoy working with my fellow governors, the teachers and the wider school community to help Highworth go from strength to strength. Outside of school I work full time for English Heritage developing interpretation for historic sites across England.

Nicola Bibby

Vice Chair

Vice Chair of Governors
Business/Personal Interests: Parent of child attending the school

I have two sons, Thomas and Daniel, who went to Highworth but are both now at secondary school. Thomas and Daniel loved their time at Highworth. I have always tried to be involved with their school, from helping in class or on trips and more recently with the PTA and being Class Representative, becoming a Governor seemed a natural progression. I enjoy working with the other Governors and staff at Highworth and making a positive contribution.

Clare Pankhania


Business/Personal Interests: Member of Staff

In my role as Head Teacher, I am very luck to work with a diverse governing body with a wide range of skills and attributes. I have had some experience of working as a Governor as my previous role involved me being a Staff Governor at King’s Wood School. I know that my vision for delivering the best possible primary education to your children is fully supported by the governors of the school and that we will be able to work in partnership, in challenging times, to achieve our goals.

Emma Starling

Co-opted Governor

Business/Personal Interests: Parent of child(ren) attending the school

I have two daughters who both started their time at Highworth in the Nursery. I have enjoyed helping at school since the girls started in the Nursery and became more involved when I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2012. It is a great privilege to be more involved with the school and to have the opportunity to work with the other governors and teachers at Highworth. Away from school, I work for a market research company.

Emily Guiver

Co-opted Governor

Business/Personal Interests: Parent of child attending the school

I became a parent governor at Highworth in 2010 when my daughter was in Reception and I was keen to become more involved within the school. She has now moved on to secondary school but I still have a son in Year 5.

Having also worked in the school previously, I feel I have a good idea of how the school operates from both a governance point of view and educationally day to day.
I look forward to moving into my ninth year as a governor, continuing with responsibility for SEN.

Ellen Hawes

Co-opted Governor

Business/Personal Interests: None

I’ve been a Governor at Highworth since 2010. Both my children attended the school from nursery to year 6 and found Highworth to be a happy, encouraging school with so many good features and opportunities. I’m continually impressed by the fantastic dedicated team of staff who are so committed to the education and wellbeing of the children. I find being a Governor a really interesting and rewarding role - I’ve learnt a lot from being involved with the school too!

My background is in the charity sector - I’ve worked for various national charities as Trusts/ General Fundraising Coordinator as well as working part-time for High Wycombe Shopmobility. I recently gained an Open University degree in Environmental Science, am interested in all things Environmental, like a good bit of comedy and I work with and look after a demonstration Hearing Dog called Kerry.

Matt Lamming

Co-opted Governor

Business/Personal Interests: None

I have been a governor at Highworth since 2007 originally as parent governor and more recently as a Co-opted governor. I have two children that have benefitted hugely from the education they received and from being part of the community at Highworth. My children are now at Unversity and Secondary school and have happy memories of their time at Highworth.

I am currently Chair of our Premises, Personnel and Finance Committee. My governor duties fit around a busy family life and a career as an IT manager for GlaxoSmithKline. Although it is sometimes difficult to find time to fit everything in, being a governor at Highworth is one of the most personally rewarding things I do.

Emma Brunell

Co-opted Governor

I have two young boys, one of whom is soon to move into Reception at Highworth. He leaves school every day bursting with excitement to tell me about all the fun he has had. I consider us very fortunate that Highworth School and Nursery has so many compassionate and dedicated teachers who are committed to the children’s development and well-being. I would like to reciprocate this effort by working as a Governor to help support the school to continue and to grow.

In my professional life I am the Ward Manager for surgery at High Wycombe hospital; I recently moved from Neurosurgery. I am also currently studying for my second Masters Degree so am truly an advocate for education and the positive rewards it brings.

Shabana Hussain

Parent Governor

As a parent to three children at the school, I am very pleased to have joined the governing body from 2018. I used to be a pupil at the school when it was known as Terriers Middle school.

I have served in the education sector for fifteen years, have experience in governance and regulatory matters and have worked with external professional bodies such as Ofsted. I am very passionate about education and currently work in the Higher Education sector. I will be part of the Curriculum Committee as I have a broad interest in curriculum development and am very versed in the academic world.

Jennifer Peers

Co-opted Governor

I currently have three daughters at Highworth in Year 6, Year 4 and Year 1, who have settled extremely well and are very happy at the school.

As a full time teacher myself, I wanted to play as full a role as possible within the school. Firstly, I joined the PTA in 2013 and then went on to be Chair for 4 years. Through that time, I was able to get to know both the staff and children better and thus fully appreciate what a happy and thriving school Highworth is. I was keen to then further my involvement by becoming a Governor which I did in 2019. I am looking forward to working with the other governors and the teachers at Highworth as well as developing a greater knowledge of the school and staff.

Sanam Khan

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in High Wycombe since 2011 and my eldest is currently in Year 1 and my youngest has recently started Nursery.

Professionally, I am a commercial lawyer currently working in the public sector. I feel, as every parent does, that my children deserve the best possible education. Highworth has seen a huge amount of improvement over the past few years. As a parent governor, I hope to be part of a team that can continue to move the school forward for the benefit of all the children.

Saima Ibrahim

Parent Governor

I am a mum to two boys at Highworth Combined, the youngest having just joined September 2019! I have always been fond of doing something for the education sector and started my journey as a parent governor at my eldest's nursery in Slough, in 2017, where I continue to be a parent governor as well. My day job involves working in the NHS healthcare sector, another area where my passion lies. I have experience in heading up health and safety as a parent governor. I think it is so important to be involved in a sector where your child is given so much, it's always good to give something back to the community.